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The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) is a free, independent information and advice service covering the full range of housing options for seniors in WA. The SHAC does not directly offer housing, or provide financial and legal advice, but can be an invaluable source of information for seniors...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
There can be many reasons why you might wish to leave a village – you may need to move to aged care, you may find that the village has become unaffordable, you may not like the new management, your family may move and you wish to move nearer to them or you may simply find that retirement village...
Leaving a retirement village
Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office , you can lodge payments for: tenancy bonds; licence and registration applications; and associations,...
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Retirement village resources and sources of information There are a number of sources of information about retirement villages in Western Australia, some of which are outlined below. Consumer Protection: Contact the Seniors' Housing Centre on 1300 367 057. Read the So you're thinking of moving into...
Living in a retirement village
Long-stay agreements will often include provisions allowing for rent to be increased or varied during the term of the agreement. Different rules apply depending on the type of long-stay agreement and when it was entered into. The following types of review methods might be included: review based on...
During a tenancy
Pre-paid funerals code of practice The new code of conduct A new code of conduct came into effect March 2021. The new code ensures funds are managed within secure investments. New rules around contracts and costs also provide certainty by fixing prices and preventing inflation from eroding the...
Consultations
The media team is the first point of contact for journalists and other members of the media wanting information about Consumer Protection and its activities. The media team: prepares media releases and speeches arranges media interviews organises launches promoting our products and objectives...
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The Parliamentary Counsel's Office publishes all Western Australian legislation. You can seach and download Acts and Regulations in PDF or Word format. You can download a document with a list of Acts by administering portfolios .
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Call Consumer Protection Contact Centre on 1300 304 054 for information on a variety of topics including tenancy, consumer rights, fair trading, buying and selling property, scams, licences and registrations and running a not-for-profit organisation.
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Status: Closed 15 July 2013 Updated: 1 April 2016 The Consultation included a wide ranging and comprehensive review of retirement village legislation over the past few years that heavily involved both residents and industry representatives. The aim of the reforms is to provide greater protection to...
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Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
15 Jan 2020
Sample complaint letter relating to retirement village issues. Your name Your address Your phone number Your email address (if you have one) Date Name of contact person (or address the letter to the...
Consumer Protection
Template
22 Oct 2020
Advice for carers and care workers. Consumer Protection (a division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety) provides assistance and advice about the rights and responsibilities of...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
14 Apr 2021
Many people don’t know where to turn to for tips and advice, especially when they need it most. So whether you need advice about buying property, booking travel, day-to-day shopping concerns or scams...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014
So you're thinking about moving into a retirement village If you’re thinking about moving into a retirement village, but are not sure what you should look for, this booklet will help. There are many...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
01 Apr 2022

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Announcements

As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) operating out of Consumer Protection provides...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates After the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House in June 2018, $50,000 from the State Government’s Consumer Credit Account is being granted to Tenancy WA to train community workers ahead of the tenancy law changes. Tenancy WA in conjunction with the Women’s Council...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2018
Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and recent reforms in aged care now give more choice to consumers choosing that option. Since February 2017, all government funded home care packages have been provided to individual consumers rather than allocated to approved providers. So this new model of consumer directed care allows older consumers more flexibility and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection is urging retailers of iTunes gift cards to do more to enforce limits on sales to scam victims, who are mostly elderly, and to erect warning signs at the point of sale. The call comes after a report of yet another huge loss by a Bunbury couple in their 70’s who last week reported purchasing $23,900 in iTunes cards after receiving a call from scammers claiming to be from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2018
The owner of a Mandurah retirement village has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts. Stephen Graeme May of Mosman Park owns the Willow Creek Mews retirement village in Greenfields, near Mandurah. He pleaded guilty on 31 January 2018 and was fined over breaches of the Retirement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2018
iTunes gift cards are being increasingly demanded by scammers as the preferred payment method, with victims being tricked into making purchases worth thousands of dollars. The victims are usually caught up in telco or tax phone scams where they have to pay a certain amount to supposedly help catch someone who has hacked into their computer and accessed their bank account or pay a bogus tax debt...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2017
The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017

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